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Old 10-01-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Advice for buying an "add-on" RV#2 for lbrary/gym (kitchen&bath are superfluous)?

I'm thinking of supplementing a used 32' to 42' fifth-wheel with a second unit which would house my library, exercise room, and perhaps supplementary office space and/or small workshop. Obviously, in such a case, the kitchen and bathroom are largely a waste of space (although some layouts of kitchen counter tops and drawers could be great for a workshop situation and storing tools.) But since my needs would be so different from the average RV buyer, I could consider units with failed appliances and broken plumbing (and I can do my own electrical work and wouldn't even need the built in electrical system if it were broken down.)

Any ideas about how go about finding such a unit? I don't want to overpay for features and quality that I don't need? (Are there any kind of "salvage yards" in central or east Texas? Or are there particular dealers/resellers where DIYers go to buy? For that matter, I'm even open to a basic "open rectangle" type of unit which gets adapted for handicapped occupancy. But I tend to be partial to the wider space of opposing slide-outs---yet, I'm flexible on this second unit.

Due to the mild Texas climate, I have no need to link the two units.

How would you go about finding such a second unit at a good price? (I assume that used RVs needing much more than basic work on them are not cost-effective for a dealer to try and fix-and-flip for resale?)

FT'er,38' 5W/ToyHauler but no toys; rural eastern Texas 140mi.from Houston coastline.[On-grid gray/black-water code-compliant.] Interested in feedback re: climate/mold issues, vermin/pests/coyotes, energy-conservation tech & experiments, passive solar, RV security.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Is this for a permanent situation? How would you tow/move both if you travel?

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Old 10-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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Why not start with a good sized cargo trailer. New suspension, tires and frame; an empty shell you can customize to your liking.
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